Orrin Evans The Magic of Now Smoke Sessions Records Orrin Evans has released a bunch of albums as a leader – mostly of small combos but he’s also collaborated with big bands too, and there was a recent stint as the replacement for Ethan Iverson in The Bad Plus. An adaptable, charismatic pianist, Evans is […]
Harold Mabern Mabern Plays Coltrane Smoke Sessions Records The great post-bop pianist Harold Mabern died, aged 83, in 2019. His final recordings continue to arrive – Leon Lee Dorsey released Mabern’s last ever studio session just last year and here we have a live date from around 2017, released just now brand new. And if […]
Joe Farnsworth City of Sounds Smoke Sessions Records Joe Farnsworth is a tasteful presence behind the kit, never overpowering, always empathic – so if you love trio jazz but worry slightly at the sight of drumsticks on the cover, fear not. Farnsworth leads his now regular trio – Kenny Barron on piano and Peter Washington […]
Kevin Hays, Ben Street & Billy Hart All Things Are Smoke Sessions Records A wonderful intergenerational trio here releases a wonderful record that is cut from a couple of live-streamed (audience-free) gigs made late last year. Drumming legend Billy Hart had just turned 80.
Joe Farnsworth Time To Swing Smoke Sessions Records Joe Farnsworth is a classy, understated drummer; master of straight-ahead jazz. Bop, balladry and all points between. He’s your guy. And he’s been on the scene for years now – as mostly a sideman. He has this great story too of having his head blown – didn’t […]
Eddie Henderson Shuffle And Deal Smoke Sessions Records The redoubtable trumpeter and flugelhornist Eddie Henderson is 80. And he celebrates in fine style with his knock-it-out-of-the-park session featuring an all-killer line-up that includes the great Kenny Barron on piano and Mike Clark on drums along with Gerald Cannon on bass and alto-sax wiz Donald Harrison.